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WDC
City of license Washington, D.C.
Broadcast Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Area
Branding ESPN 980
Slogan "DC's Best Sports Coverage"
Frequency WDC: 980 kHz
WPMD: 92.7 FM
WVA: 94.3 FM
First air date 1923
Format All-Sports
Callsign meaning WDC: Washington, DC
WPMD: Prince Frederick, MD
WVA: Warrenton, VA
Sister stations(s) WDC 7, WDC NewsRadio & NewsChannel 6
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Washington Redskins (NFL)
Washington Nationals (MLB)
Washington Wizards (NBA)
Washington Capitals (NHL)
Virginia Tech (Football)
Westwood One (College Basketball)
Owner WMFL Corporation
(WMFL Radio)
Sister Stations WDC 7, WDC NewsRadio & NewsChannel 6

WDC (AM 980 kHz) is a radio station that serves the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Now known as "ESPN 980", it's the flagship of a sports talk trimulcast with WPMD in Prince Frederick, Maryland & WVA in Warrenton, Virginia, all affiliated with ESPN Radio & owned by WMFL Corporation.

WDC is the flagship radio station for Washington Redskins football, Washington Nationals baseball, Washington Wizards basketball & Washington Capitals hockey. ESPN 980 airs Virginia Tech Hokies College Football & Westwood One for College Basketball on Saturdays during the College Basketball Season, as an affiliate station.

WDC's studios are currently located in Downtown DC & it's transmitter is located in Frederick, Maryland. It operates @ 50,000 watts of power during the day & 30,000 watts of power @ night. The signal can be heard weakly but clearly as far west as Clarksburg, West Virginia & as far south as Richmond, Virginia in the daytime. The FM stations both broadcast below 10,000 watts & mainly serve to fill in the gaps in WDC's coverage

HistoryEdit

WDC signed on August 9th, 1923. Back then, it aired syndicated old-time radio shows from several radio networks

Sports Radio 570: The TeamEdit

Before moving to 980 kHz, WDC was known as Sports Radio 570: The Team & on the frequency of 570 kHz. WDC 570 AM made it's debut @ 3:30 PM on May 24th 1992, right after the Indianapolis 500.

SportsTalk 980Edit

On March 9th 1998, WDC moved from 570 kHz to 980 kHz. After the move, WDC was branded as SportsTalk 980.

On May 23rd 2002, WDC celebrated it's 10th anniversary as a sports talk station with a special Sports Reporters show starting @ 5 PM

On May 1st 2006, The Sports Reporters filled in the 9 AM-12 PM timeslot & WDC aired ESPN Radio programming, until 7:00 PM ET

On February 12th 2007, The Sports Reporters moved once again, this time filling in the 4-7 PM timeslot w/ ESPN Radio Programming from 12-4 PM ET & again from 7-9 PM ET

WMFL Corporation has owned WDC ESPN 980 since 1923 & sister station WDC-FM since 1926

WPMD & WVAEdit

During the 1990s, 94.3 WVA have underwent a series of unsuccessful attempts to garner listeners across suburban Northern Virginia as a "rimshot" signal:

  • 1996-97: WVA-FM (oldies; simulcast of 1600 WRMD Rockville, MD)
  • 1997-99: WVA-FM (All-News; the original FM simulcast partner of 1500 WDC-AM, now 103.5 WDC-FM)
  • 1999-2001: WVA ("The Pulse"; mostly satellite-delivered hot AC)

Station profilesEdit

Callsign Frequency City of license Power/ERP Class Former Callsigns
WDC 980 (kHz) (also on HD Radio) Washington, D.C. 50,000 watts day
30,000 watts night
B None
WPMD 92.7 (MHz) Prince Frederick, Maryland 5,000 watts A None
WVA 94.3 (MHz) Warrenton, Virginia 7,500 watts A WVA-FM

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